▷ Surveillance, Re-certification Audit
According to ISO/IEC 17021:2011 9. Process requirements
18.104.22.168 The audit programme shall include a two-stage initial audit, surveillance audits in the first and second
years, and a re-certification audit in the third year prior to expiration of certification.
22.214.171.124 Surveillance audits shall be conducted at least once a year. The date of the first surveillance audit
following initial certification shall not be more than 12 months from the last day of the stage 2 audit.
Ø Even though the certificate is valid for 3 years, it maintains (continues) the validity through surveillance audit
once or twice (two times) every year.
Ø Surveillance audit has to be necessarily performed within 12 months every year the last day of the stage 2 audit.
If 12 months pass without surveillance audit, inevitably the validity of certification is suspended automatically
and all authorities and uses relating to certification are terminated and a certificate should be returned.
In case of suspension of certification releases request can be available in writing within 3 months,
And certification is withdrawn in case of no request within the period.